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« on: April 01, 2018, 01:37:05 pm »

Original post updated May 18, 2018.


Hi all,

The original post from April 1 is now superseded with this text (the old text you'll find more below in this post).

The Phasure Mach III Audio PC is an outrageous beast with a gorgeous sound, unimaginable. It wildly surpasses its predecessor, the Mach II.
It is now based on robust server technique but still comes in the ever so nice form factor of 44x36x10cm / 17x14x4" (WxDxH), and still sporting a Linear Power Supply inside. The sound is truly incredible and is about speed, speed and more speed. More down in the topic you may read about the earlier descriptions of the sound which I tend to describe as "more important than a DAC".

High Resolution link Phasure Mach III Audio PC 17

High Resolution link Phasure Mach III Audio PC 16

High Resolution link Phasure Mach III Audio PC 10

These are the prices of the Phasure Mach III Audio PC in euros and excl. shipping (VAT not included for VAT liable countries) :


Number of Cores    Original Price     Current Price    As of date    Linear PSU    SQ relative to Mach II   
8/1627002725August 20, 2018Yes?
10/2029803005August 20, 2018   Yes++
12/2433003325August 20, 2018   Yes?
14/2839003950August 20, 2018   Yes++++
16/3243504425August 20, 2018   Yes++++
20/4050005250August 20, 2018   Yes?
22/4463006370August 20, 2018   Yes?

The price of the 10/20 is held commercially low to give people with not too deep pockets a fair chance.
The 8/16 is not advised until someone orders it so the SQ can be judged.
The 22/44 would be experimental and may require a faster running cooling fan (then lightly audible at 10cm distance).
Edit August 20, 2018 : The stroke through are not obtainable or rejected for further usage.



Remarks on the "Current Price" column :

Prices on Intel processors go in US Dollars. The US Dollar has risen against the euro with 5% in only the past two weeks. This means that I just had to adjust the table for some processors with 120-200 euros, upwards. But it is worse : The prices depend on the stock at the supplier(s) and they tend to adjust their current price when they run out and have to purchase (against the current currency rate). Example for the 14/28 as of May 18 (2018) : I can see that this is stock from a few weeks back and still against the old price. This means that when we'd buy the last one today (there is one on stock indeed), tomorrow the price will rise with 70 euros (while the currency rate itself did not change much).

The price of memory increased like crazy the past two years (the 32GB for the Stealth II originally was 100 euros, now 260). If this price keeps on increasing, it has extra impact on the 48GB of the Stealth III. In addition to that, memory too is payed in US Dollars.

Whether the purchase prices go up or down, they will be actively maintained on a regular basis within some "hysteresis" bandwidth (50 euros or so).


The additional features are equal for each version :
- DVD Drive;
- Removable 2.5" bay;
- 48GB of internal memory (installed with 6 parallal channel support);
- RAM-OS SSD (240GB) suited for 25GB RAM Disk (OS boots from RAM - SSD can be removed);
- OSes provided : 1x Windows 8, 3x Windows 10, upgradable by download (it is assumed you own a license for Windows 10);
- Activated XXHighEnd for power control;
- Actively managed super stable power consumption ... (with help of totally silent fan, no PWM);
- Very efficient Linear PSU explicitly made for speed (of delivery), very cold running (42-48C / 108-118F on the heat sinks, depending on CPU)
- Thermal protection for CPU, PSU and main ATX regulation.
- Non-obtrusive VGA on-(mother)board.
- 4 free/usable PCIe slots, 2 free memory DIMM slots, 2 M.2 SSD connectors, 4 free Ethernet ports, 6x USB3 (2 front) and more superfluous matter like 11 free SATAIII ports, a serial port and multi channel HD audio;
- No USB2.




Here is the original text of this first post :

Hi all,

On this Easter day I announce the most crazy Audio PC ever : The passively cooled Phasure Mach III with 20 up to 44 hyperthreaded processor cores.
Yes, you read that well.

The PC aims at HQPlayer users who want the very very best and inifitely apply HQPlayer's filters (in multichannel as well). All resides in the same enclosure as the Mach II so it fits beautifully in any audio rack (but it can be stowed away in a basement just the same).

The PC will be very different from anything else because it will comprise of official Server elements, starting with a Server Motherboard. It is to be noticed that such an environment is made for super stability and e.g. self-checks for due (memory) failure. A key element of it could be that it can be fully remote controlled, meaning that this includes changing BIOS settings by means of a remote (like a tablet). You'll never need to connect a monitor again.

In this stage I am not sure yet whether the RAM-OS Disk provided with it (OS boots from that and next the boot device can be removed) will also contain an official Server version of the OS (like WS2016) as this depends on the license costs and it will make the PC unnecessary expensive. Do notice however, that when it is not XXHighEnd which arranges for the playback environment, it seems logical that people will like this. Anyway, I am not conclusive about this yet.

The PC is not for the faint hearted in the sense of the price which will be 3450 euros for the 20 core version via 4550 euros for a 32 core version and 5850 euros for the 44 core version. We regard the 44 core the maximum, although theoretically and with more testing it can be more cores against then really crazy prices (like adding 1500 euros for a next version and another 1500 for a next). So we skip those.

This now most explicit Audio PC comes with 48GB of internal memory and the topology serves 6 memory lanes (was 4).

Compared to the Mach II the most attention went to the power supply which will exhibit 10mV of ripple (on 15V which will regulate to 12V) at full power and merely : unsurpassed speed of the power supply. This is where the difference will be made audibly and how you will see that a next significant step could be made.

A first 32 core version is running over here with some things yet to solve, but while more than a month ago I thought to have announced it by long by now, I didn't like to let pass Easter without a nice Easter Egg. I'd have to tell you that most of the time in this stage is spent on throughput time for waiting for parts and answers from BIOS specialists etc. with again the notice that a Server (board) environment is a totally different beast from what we are all used to.
All in other words : I have no idea really when this "super machine" will be ready for purchase, but it could be in two weeks (seriously) or in two months (hopefully not but if things go as slow as right now ...).

Current Mach II owners and XXHighEnd users (or Phasure NOS1a/G3 owners for that matter) do not need to worry that they need to invest money in a new Audio PC again. OK, it will sound better again, but maybe it is not worth the investment again. It is merely about the future path which is coming to an end with the "26xxv4" (like 2640v4) infrastructure and how we improve on the way when we need to re-invent things anyway. More experience again, more knowlegde obtained and more and better ideas pop up all for the better. And more $ but that's how it goes.

Happy Easter everybody !
Peter
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For the Stealth III LPS PC :
W10-14393.0 - August 18, 2018 (2.10)
XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere.

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 05:18:48 pm »

The PC aims at HQPlayer users...

Something smells 'eggy'. And Easter is earlier this year than usual.

Mani.
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Audio PC: Phasure Mach II *with clock upgrade* / Win 14393.0 on RAM-OS / controlled by RDC, no GPU card installed / connected directly to music server
XXHighEnd: 2.10 / Minimize OS / Engine#4 Adaptive / DB=4096 / *trying*: Q1=30 / xQ1=40 / Q3,4,5=1 / SFS=5.19 / XTweaks = 52, 10, 0, 0, 1 / Straight Contiguous / Clock Resolution = 15ms / Scheme 3-5 (low/realtime) / 8x Arc Prediction (switch #5 'up/off') / Unattended
Main System: mobo USB3 port -> Lush -> Phasure NOS1a B75 G3 -> First Watt F5-cloned mono amps -> Tune Audio Anima horn speakers
Office System: Lush -> Phasure NOS1a G3 -> BD-Design BD30-SPR mono amps -> Tune Audio Marvel horn speakers
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 11:09:41 am »

The PC aims at HQPlayer users...

Something smells 'eggy'. And Easter is earlier this year than usual.

Mani.

Here in Spain (and Latin America) we celebrate the April fool's day on December 28.
But, who knows...

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Configuration and Updates in HOW I'VE BUILT MY NEW PC...http://www.phasure.com/index.php?topic=1673.0

XXHighEnd: 2.10. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN/ KS:Phasure NOS1 Out 4.0/ #4 Engine/ Adaptive Mode/ Q1=30 Q3=1, Q4=1, Q5=1, xQ1=40/ Dev.Buffer: 4096/ ClockRes: 15ms/ Straight Contiguous/ SFS: 5.19 (max 120)/ Not Invert/ Phase Alignment Off/ Allow format change/ Decode HDCD/ Playerprio: Low/ ThreadPrio: Real Time/ Scheme: Core 3-5/ UnAttended/ Not Switch during Playback Off/ Playback Drive none/ UnAttended/ Include Garbage Collect/ Copy to XX Drive by standard/ Always clear Proxy before Playback/ Stop Desktop Services/ Stop Remaining Services/ Stop All Services: Off/ Keep LAN Services: On - Persist: Off/ Use Remote Desktop/ Minimize OS/ XTweaks : Balanced Load 52/ Nervous Rate 10/ Cool when Idle -/ Provide Stable Power 0/ Utilize Cores always 1/ Time Performance Index: Optimal / Time Stability: Stable / Arc Prediction.

Music Server PC (W10) totally silent with OS (W10) in SSD and music inside in SSDs - RDC > Ethernet Gigabyte cable 3m > Audio Pc > 1m USB Lush cable directly from the USB3.0 in the motherboard > PHASURE NOS1a-75B-G3 (Driver v1.0.4) 16ms > Blaxius BNC interconnects > Genelec 1037B 3-Way Active speakers with BNC inputs
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 12:14:14 pm »

On 1st April 2016, Peter announced the B'ASS:

http://www.phasure.com/index.php?topic=3592.msg38243#msg38243

This ended up being something slightly different to the original idea (integrated into NOS1 instead of being external), but did manifest as a real product.

I suspect the Mach III is indeed real... but not developed specifically for HQPlayer.

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Audio PC: Phasure Mach II *with clock upgrade* / Win 14393.0 on RAM-OS / controlled by RDC, no GPU card installed / connected directly to music server
XXHighEnd: 2.10 / Minimize OS / Engine#4 Adaptive / DB=4096 / *trying*: Q1=30 / xQ1=40 / Q3,4,5=1 / SFS=5.19 / XTweaks = 52, 10, 0, 0, 1 / Straight Contiguous / Clock Resolution = 15ms / Scheme 3-5 (low/realtime) / 8x Arc Prediction (switch #5 'up/off') / Unattended
Main System: mobo USB3 port -> Lush -> Phasure NOS1a B75 G3 -> First Watt F5-cloned mono amps -> Tune Audio Anima horn speakers
Office System: Lush -> Phasure NOS1a G3 -> BD-Design BD30-SPR mono amps -> Tune Audio Marvel horn speakers
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2018, 07:43:59 pm »

If someone can remind me to describe the CRAZY sound, tomorrow ...
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W10-14393.0 - August 18, 2018 (2.10)
XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere.

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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 10:10:48 am »

If someone can remind me to describe the CRAZY sound, tomorrow ...

 clapping Peter!!   naughty

 Happy Juan
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Configuration and Updates in HOW I'VE BUILT MY NEW PC...http://www.phasure.com/index.php?topic=1673.0

XXHighEnd: 2.10. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN/ KS:Phasure NOS1 Out 4.0/ #4 Engine/ Adaptive Mode/ Q1=30 Q3=1, Q4=1, Q5=1, xQ1=40/ Dev.Buffer: 4096/ ClockRes: 15ms/ Straight Contiguous/ SFS: 5.19 (max 120)/ Not Invert/ Phase Alignment Off/ Allow format change/ Decode HDCD/ Playerprio: Low/ ThreadPrio: Real Time/ Scheme: Core 3-5/ UnAttended/ Not Switch during Playback Off/ Playback Drive none/ UnAttended/ Include Garbage Collect/ Copy to XX Drive by standard/ Always clear Proxy before Playback/ Stop Desktop Services/ Stop Remaining Services/ Stop All Services: Off/ Keep LAN Services: On - Persist: Off/ Use Remote Desktop/ Minimize OS/ XTweaks : Balanced Load 52/ Nervous Rate 10/ Cool when Idle -/ Provide Stable Power 0/ Utilize Cores always 1/ Time Performance Index: Optimal / Time Stability: Stable / Arc Prediction.

Music Server PC (W10) totally silent with OS (W10) in SSD and music inside in SSDs - RDC > Ethernet Gigabyte cable 3m > Audio Pc > 1m USB Lush cable directly from the USB3.0 in the motherboard > PHASURE NOS1a-75B-G3 (Driver v1.0.4) 16ms > Blaxius BNC interconnects > Genelec 1037B 3-Way Active speakers with BNC inputs
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2018, 10:47:18 am »

So ... I made this descripion yesterday but found it to be containing too much blabla. Well, nothing new there, right ?

So about the sound of the new Phasure Mach III Audio PC eh; What do you want to know ? What do you like to know ??
OK, what can I tell ...

The sound of this PC has something new (for "dimension") to me. Each and every day again I find it to be addictive.
Huh !? ?

The sound of the Mach II could possibly be described as "yeah, necessary; belongs to my system; is definitely for the better; more rest; blacker." So really, it is a must have. Linear Power Supply and all. Passively cooled. We audio idiots want such a thing and we have the desire to spend good money on it.
But it is a "must have" and really just a prerequisite to produce good sound from computer audio.

Mach III

Although the Mach II came along with the approach "let's do it really right for an Audio PC", with the Mach III the liberty was taken to make it the very best SQ wise. This path was a kind of logic for me because we are actually forcred to find a new Audio PC for the upcoming years, as the Mach II's parts (mainly MoBo and processors) start to become obsolete. With the original XXHighEnd PC - when the end was near - I started to buy all what was still available back at the time which in the end was a good approach. However, it was clear that we'd be buying "old stuff" maybe two years into new processors and all available. In the end this even shortened the life of the Mach II (started late with it). With the Mach III all is the other way around and I started with it while not even processors could be obtained. OK, I learned some lessons there.
The Mach III emerged in the midst of nobody knowing a hoot about its environment, but here it is, ready to buy. And I mean "today".

I think in the first post I mentioned the "server" domain we're in now. Well, this is a kind of forced too (you don't want to know how many times in the past month I wanted to step back from that - but impossible because of too many goodies) and this means theoretically but also practically that all is more decent. I am not sure whether it is this I want to hear in the sound coming from the Mach III, but if it is one thing, it is more decent. Robust. Dignified as well.

But if it wasn't clear by now already ... something totally new occurred; the PC has become part of the music reproduction. By now, I could regard it even more important than a DAC. And let's be honest, what wild changes in SQ we can already imply with "a" PC system (including the playback software) ? So am I right or am I right.

The Mach III is as if you bought a new DAC with new D/A principles, stuffed with all 100$ parts instead of 1$ and while this latter is even so for real, the sound is from whatever angle right. Correct. And with that addictive.

I now emphasized the word because it really is something new. Well, you can tell yourself "yeah, I know what you mean" but my response would be "no you don't". This is because I mean the phenomenon to be literal. Like smoking would be that. Say that it could be the difference between (Mach II) being sucked into the music on one hand and having the (Mach III) sheer desire to be sucked into the music, on the other.
So like yesterday ... who today is having the idea of "yeah, let's put up Led Zeppelin I and be overflooded with all as how it was meant to be and get high over it". So with that desire you put it up without knowing in advance what will happen (but be certain it is something for the best), to next tell yourself or others "how in the world has it been possible that such a new band could make such a superb album as their first, track by track".
So the addiction even ends up in satisfaction. All of it is there.

The thing about this addiction is really not just a story;
Something is happening to our brain that must be really good or something like that. It must be so well fitting/matching with what we expect, that unconsciously we suddenly accept all what's thrown at us (by loudspeakers). Additionally (for some proof) I notice that I am not wondering "is this right ? is this really right ??" but instead accept the music as it is. It is just for real or something like that.

Technically there is much, much more to say, but this will end up in the usual bla because how ever to bring across my perception of what's suddenly possibly with my system and to my ears. Still it is foremost about that because it is the first what comes to you. Thus, the addiction comes a bit later but what you hear is immediate. I'll try :

The sounds in the music are delineated in a way I have never heard anywhere. Actually this little description desribes it all (I think), but what to do with that. So I must elaborate :

First thing to notice with the proper music for it : there's shatter that makes you shudder. Oh yes. So with the sheer delineation in mind you might envision how very "super individual" sounds now react to each other. Think like one small sound is pushed from the speaker and right after that (few ms) a next sound. But this next sound influences the first in mid air. It collides and has its own effect. Then a next sound comes along and it again does the same and the effect becomes more complex. And more. And ... it fills the room completely with "sounds". Not the low frequencies as we know them and how they may energize the room, but just the higher and highest. These "effects" could very well not even have been recorded in the data because they do emerge in mid air. For example, a synthesizer will not be played through air in order to record it (unless played live and captured by microphone). It is also the instrument that isn't obfuscated by air first prior to it being recording by microphone. Well, that kind of sounds now work in extraordinaire fashion. Of course it has to be your music (for most it is not) but it tells about how all now "technically" is dealt with.

A good description could be "lack of smear". But, only after you heard it. I mean, smear ? are we suffering from that ?
Yes we do, because listen to this. Then you will know.

Let's turn shatter into the perception of copper (instrument). One of the more (if not the most) difficult sounds. Try it. Combine that with bass which is so, so deep - (not one octave but make that two if you're at it anyway) and find yourself in hell.
Yes, hell. Not heaven. What to do with heaven. Heaven is easy peasy. Hell is where all happens. Hell breaks loose. Well, shatter breaks loose too. Ratatatatatat and you try to hold up against it. Try that trumpet live in your listening room and see how long you surive. You really won't for long.
And that because of a stupid PC ?

Shocked

But didn't I tell it in the first post ? The Mach III has been made to support speed. It is full with things here and small things there to let that work out all together, net.

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No, that is not the PC, but each and every element you may see piled up there has been in it. Try this, try that. Most of it was used to overcome technical hurdles, but along the way I got acquainted with how actually "speed" as such is to be created for an Audio PC. Of course I won't tell secret but in the end it worked out perfectly. More actually.

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The last picture shows a big secret : a very slow running completely inaudible fan (not PWM connected). Believe it or not, is key to the sound ...

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*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2018, 12:21:13 pm »

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on the successful launch of the Mach III.


Just a few questions:
-Does it support RAM OS disk
-If yes, can the disk be removed after booting.
-What max ambient temperatures can the PC handle.
-Power consumption in comparison to Mach II.

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2018, 02:00:19 pm »

Hi Arvind,

Like the NOS1a/G3 has been heavily optimized for power consumption, the same "techniques" were applied to the Mach III Audio PC; The Linear Power Supply dissipates an unbelievable low 35C or so at an ambient of ~22 as it is over here. It is about equal to "nothing". Btw this is during playback with Q3,4,5 to 1,1,1 (this implies maximum power usage).

The all over power consumption is maybe 3W higher than the Mach II, which is theory because I never checked with the NOS1a/G3 and the Mach II. This, while I saw the other day that the G3 alone consumes ~14W (I never knew this but it will be caused by the Phisolator).
So the answer : ~56W with connected NOS1a/G3 (playing) and ~42W on its own.

There will virtually be no restrictions to the ambient temperature because the "hot parts" it can be regarded to rise linearly with the ambient temperature (there's too much headroom to not let it work out like that). So say that your ambient is 40C and with that 18C more than over here, then the hot parts become 35 + 18 = 53 (which would still be a bit less than the Mach II) and the processor will rise from 42 which it is now to 60 which still will not let trip the safety cooling (which is there just the same).
But the safety cooling is there, including explicit switch on, just as with the Mach II.

On a side note, this is with a processor frequency of 960MHz (can be lower but it is tuned for the best SQ), and 6 DIMMS of memory (8 GB each) set to 1866MHz. This will run at the lower speed of 1600 (as long as memory is available which supports this) but it will also run at 2400MHz (current memory supports that for sure).

Nothing is really on limits although it took me 4 weeks to get it there.

The "infrastructure" as such remained the same as the Mach II although it was not easy to achieve for many reasons; Removable RAM-OS Disk is the same as it was and the DVD drive is also still there.
Weight is a few Kg more. evil

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2018, 03:48:10 pm »

Peter,
Can you comment on how much difference the number of cores makes in sound quality and how many cores you have been listening to?
You mentioned you got acquainted with how to create 'speed; in an audio PC.  Not asking for any secrets, but when you mention speed are you referring to the speed of processing data or the speed in terms of transient response (i.e. an audio system's ability to faithfully reproduce the quickness of transient signals).
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2018, 04:57:26 pm »

Hi Dave,

The speed is about the transient response of the whole system, starting with the power supply (and even the transformer ahead of that). This is not about transient response in audio per se. But it *is* how it works out. Think in the realm of slow and fast capacitors.

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Can you comment on how much difference the number of cores makes in sound quality and how many cores you have been listening to?

The former question is hard to answer with numbers of some sort. Theoretically, however, the more cores the better because of less and less influence of processes not audio related. Say that it is an adhered strategy throughout (so also within XXHighEnd) which actually always rewards.
I did not play with less cores if your further question is about that. Well, I did because of testing and taming the heat (with 10 (20) but this was a not further optimized situation and I could not really compare because of not using 16 (32) yet.

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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2018, 05:47:27 pm »

OK Peter. I have been thinking about this since you first made mention.  I don't need the new addiction description as I have passed that point long ago innocent

I am officially asking to be put on the list for ordering the Mach 3. I will PM you about details. At the same time I would like to send you my my spare NOS1 to be modified to NOS1a status. I'll pm you about this also. Thanks Peter. Enjoy your last Sunday as I expect you will be very busy for some time now. teasing ok
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2018, 06:15:26 pm »

Well Fred, congratulations. You will go into the books as the first. OK, not really because the one now (about) finished is for someone already but he gently forced me into this. That is always different.
Haha.

Kind regards and super thanks !
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2018, 09:27:05 am »

Enjoy your last Sunday as I expect you will be very busy for some time now. teasing ok

Is there something we don't know?

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2018, 04:22:16 pm »

My guess is while I may be the first, I doubt I'll be the last Happy
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2018, 09:55:51 pm »

I thought Peter might have been becoming a part-time priest Wink

But good to know his Sundays will be taken up not servicing a congregation, but... well... us!

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I am a full time priest. Just got up early to practice today's preaching.
I better go to sleep again ...
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*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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Well Fred, congratulations. You will go into the books as the first. OK, not really because the one now (about) finished is for someone already but he gently forced me into this.

Well, that someone is me. Happy Please let me introduce myself. My name is Michael, from Montreal in Canada. My first language is French so please be indulgent with my writing. Wink It’s the first time that I participate to a forum although I have been an avid reader of them for a long time. Audio reproduction has always been my main hobby. As many of you it all started when I was a teenager, quite a long time ago. See my signature for a summary of my current audio chain. Obviously, the weak link in this chain is the source (Mac mini and Chord Hugo). Although I pushed the Mini and the Hugo almost to their limits with the mods I made over the years I knew I was still short of what I was really looking for, musically speaking. The sound was good, sometimes very good (specifically during night time) but I felt something was missing.

To make a long story short after a lot of reading I became convinced that a R2R NOS DAC would give me what I was looking for. So in February I contacted Peter and then started a long series of exchanges that lead me to order the NOS1a/G3 and the Stealth II PC with the Xeon 2640. However Peter quickly realized that the Xeon 26xx family had been recently put out of the market and replaced with a new generation of CPU, the Xeon 61xx family. This is how the Stealth III necessity appeared, out of a specific order for a Stealth II. Then began the long and sometimes painful R&D process for Peter. I won’t go in details on the hurdles he went thru during this journey but I’m sure very few people would have succeeded in putting together this new generation based on a genuine server platform and the unique specs of the Stealth requirements. Thanks Peter.

Six weeks ago I received the NOS1a and connected it to the Mac mini with XXHighEnd 2.10. Well there is no comparison with the Hugo fed with the same Mini and HQP. The first minutes I heard it I knew I had made the right choice. And I know that everything will be multiplied a few fold when I receive the Stealth III which should arrive sometime next week. Although I don’t have any reference with the previous Stealth generations for comparison, I’ll post my comments after a few listening sessions. I think my amplifier and beloved speakers will be pushed in territories in which I’ve never heard them before.

p.s.: thanks to the members of this forum who regularly post comments and questions (Manisandher, Nick, ACG, Arvind, Juanpmar, just to name a few). I’ve learned a lot in reading your posts on the Phasure site and others. You played a role in my decision making.

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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2018, 01:45:53 am »

Hi Michael, yes, you start strong  Wink. I'm sure you'll enjoy it a lot and I hope you'll share your new emotions soon.
Welcome !

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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2018, 02:01:19 am »

Hi Juan - Of course I will.  Happy
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« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2018, 07:45:56 am »

Hi Michael,
Nice story and the best choice you could make!
Now I understand that the CPU is from the gold serie and not the silver serie. So in therms of CPU it is really a step up from the 26-serie.
Peter, am I right? Any thoughts on this decision?
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« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2018, 08:14:42 am »

Hi Michael, welcome! Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Mach III. I think all of us are very intrigued.

For my own part, I can't imagine how the sound could possibly improve over what I have here right now. I recorded my 8 year-old practising his piano the other day. Playing the digital files back on the system, it was like the piano had been transported into my listening room (apart from the obvious noise from the mic preamps).

But somehow the sound always seems to go up another level when Peter comes up with something.

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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2018, 01:12:22 pm »

Arjan - I don't want to step too much on the technical ground, I'll let this to Peter. However regarding the CPU I think that I can safely say that this first Stealth III will bear a Xeon 6130 from the Gold Series. It's a 16/32 core processor.

Mani - The comments I will make on the SQ with the Stealth III will be based on my own experience. Unfortunately I won't be able to comment in relative terms compared to the Stealth II. I went pretty far with the Mac mini and the various software to minimize the PC influence on the SQ. On that side I found something interesting recently. Six months ago for the first time I tried a few Linux audio player software. To my surprise I found the Euphony player to sound better than HQP. The sound was more detailed and more musical. This came as a surprise to me given that Euphony doesn't do any upsampling and that there is no additional software to tweak the PC. With HQP running from RAMDisk there was upsampling at 352khz, Audiophile Optimizer, Fidelizer and Process Lasso software to minimize the PC noise. The OS was Windows Server 2016.

On another matter, is there anyone on this forum having experience with the LEEDH E2 speakers?

Regards - Michael.
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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2018, 06:27:06 pm »


Hi there Michael. From me too a warm welcome here.
And yes, you caused me quite a project here. But it will be worth while for the next 2-3 years.

Minutes ago I performed the very last things to do, like making your RAM-OS Disk ready with the settings I like (SQ) best myself.

High Resolution link XXHighEnd Mach III Audio PC 10

So that's her - only yours. And with special application, as you can see. Happy


High Resolution link XXHighEnd Mach III Audio PC 11

Thanks a lot, kind regards and never do this again please. Haha.
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« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2018, 07:06:51 pm »

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...never do this again please.
Well, Peter forgive me but I involuntarily put you to test. Wink However I believe you accepted this challenge because it was just that...a challenge, with the potential of new ground breaking for an Audio PC. And now the baby is born, he's beautiful and full of promises.  clapping

Nice picture. I Can't wait to see the UPS truck in the driveway next week.

Thanks again - Michael
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« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2018, 06:00:40 am »

Hi Michael,

Warm welcome to the forum. I’m sure you’ll be very happy with the equipments/support provided by Peter & above all the high level of SQ you will be enjoying in the times to come.

Best regards,

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« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2018, 01:13:16 pm »

Hi Michael
Welcome to the forum...even if you are really the first Wink

Once I receive the Stealth MACH III I will be able to compare the SQ of both. I am also having a spare NOSI upgraded. I will probably let that burn in with a second system. My guess is it will take some time to break in as did my first G3 upgrade. It's nice to have options good

I have not heard the LEEDH E2 speakers. From what I have read they are excellent and quite unique. Who knows, we are only 4 hours apart as I am in southern New Hampshire. I'll check my system description as I have made some changes. A bit more traditional but it sounds quite good.

Looking forward to hearing your comments.  Welcome !
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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2018, 07:17:16 pm »

Michael,

Welcome to the forum.  Curious to hear reviews from those presently using Stealth II on the improvements with Stealth III.  Stealth II was definitely an improvement over the original XXHE PC, BUT so much else improved (NOS 1a upgrades, XXHE upgrades, Blaxius, Lush, etc.).  What you will find is there is no other system of products out there that has this kind of continuous upgrade path built in.

Looked up the LEEDH E2 speakers.  Seeing 81dB (or 83dB) efficiency made me a bit concerned.  My experience is that speed, clarity, dynamics are hard to accomplish at these efficiency levels.  Not sure there's anyplace to listen to them in San Francisco.  The Orelos by the way are utterly fantastic!!  You have to hear them.

Again welcome,

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« Reply #28 on: May 04, 2018, 10:29:06 pm »

Hi Peter,

maybe I missed the info:

RAM -OS still with W10 or ....?

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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2018, 08:47:35 am »

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RAM -OS still with W10 or ....?

Hi Joachim,

Definitely still with W10 and definitely all the very same (setup / configuration).
But yes, I am guilty of making a usual first-post-chaos of matters which are so-called true (on April 1). At some stage I will revisit the first post and make a nice summ-up of all what is in there.
But ask ahead anyway ! The Stealth III is really there. And seriously for the better, but I held a bit back of that so far. Maybe in a next post ...

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« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2018, 10:43:34 am »


OK. I am thinking of putting up the original post I had in mind originally (but saved it elsewhere), that post expressing about the sound. But for now it could only be more confusing when doing that prior to this very post I am writing now, because of new data available ...

Yesterday I have been playing with a 10/20 core. Say that this is the one for fmanheck but only in "test" and to see what the 10/20 core would bring.

Now I understand that the CPU is from the gold serie and not the silver serie. So in therms of CPU it is really a step up from the 26-serie.
Peter, am I right? Any thoughts on this decision?

And that was a still pending question ...

Whether Silver or Gold (or Bronze or Platinum) is maybe not of importance (I do not know of inherent technical differences apart from number of cores and processor speed) but anyway this 10/20 is the 4114 and it should represent the good old 2640v4. Well, for the number of cores, that is. But there the comparison stops. And this is all related to the explicit "Server" environment which is radically different. So I need to say it again : the 26xx Xeons were actually consumer oriented and today no such an environment exists any more for the Xeons, unless it would be the new W series but although looking interesting, this is the opposite of what we'd want and is more "laptop" oriented. So we have the "Xeon Scalable" and it is their architecture which makes them interesting for us. Well, says me and with the hopefully present experience (which often is merely about hunches but alas).
It is also about the six lanes of parallel memory processing.

If I first try to summarize everything : this is all about how the power provision was made "super stable" which in itself happened a bit by accident but had its foundation in the fact that no normal cooling mechanisms exists for this. It anticipates 90dB generating blasting fans (ever been in a server room ?) and with that airflow and in an air conditioned room of 15C or so, it will work. But this is all not really us, right ?
So if I did not tell it yet : there's always one very slow fan running now (not PWM controlled which is good) and the result of that is a.o. a stable power draw. It is way more stable than the Mach II and at hooking up a power consumption meter this is easy to observe (Mach II jumps regularly, Mach II is always the same).
Do notice the importance of this *if* we recognize that the minute differences implied by stupidities as XXHighEnd already implies vast sound changes, right ? Thus, seeing the power consumption change by 2-3 Watts all the time, can't be the example of the theoretically best sound (about theories, hunches and real empirical experience).

Back to the 10/20 processor

When I was listening to this setup yesterday, into an hour of it, this text for you all came to me (and I hope you recognize I am always honest) :

This 10/20 processor is for those who do not have the very best system. It now will sound better than the 16/32 (the only other one I have experience with so far) just because the 16/32 demands too much of the system (more elaboration later, if I don't forget).

A few hours later, partner in crime Ciska arrived back home and I know what she sort of complained about the past few weeks, which I will tell about later as well, but which made her say literally this :
"Hmm ... maybe the one processor is better for more inexpensive systems and the other for the more expensive ones". And the sweet question : "how's that actually with the Orelos ?" ... and then I started taking about small chips producing the sound instead of a 1000 components etc. with the question what could be better when. And also about the speaker itself of course and how its speed matches, well, the 16/32 processor's exhibits. So ...
So let's quote myself from the text I did not put up, actually for the reason of too much of theory at the time (which was a small week back) :


Sound ... literally shattering good.

Yes, the keyword is "shattering" here. I wouldn't know a better description, although to you it may come across as a negative. But the contrary is the case.
Let's first try to see that all wht you'll hear from the Stealth III is delineated like crazy (that word again). Each is on its own and with that in mind now think "shattering". Or better : how shattering (like copper instruments) can really shatter. How it creates a crazy amount of layers and fills the whole room with sound, this time not with low frequency only; Supposed you play something of not the most common instruments and you may never have witnessed those instruments live, then such an instrument can/will now sound all over different than you ever imagined. And, as so often, you won't even be able to recognize the track/album. I had an example the other day I now forgot, but think like a most normal Steely Dan of which you have to look twice whether you did not put up a(n unknown) coverband. Com-ple-te-ly different.

Bass is like you ended up in hell.
Deep Thunder is like ... OK the same. But there wasn't deep thunder previously in tyracks accordingly.
The highs are so so idiotly "short" and bright and whatever superlative more we can try to think of, that all else now sounds like dirt. And yes, I have serious problems with listening to the Stealth II now and if I had to go back to it I'd give up the hobby first.
Can't imagine that eh ?


Here is where I decided not to put that up because I couldn't talk existing Stealth II customers into spending another 4K+ euros only because of something new again, the old for some only months old. But I also seriously started to wonder whether what I perceived over here could work out for others elsewhere. I mean, that "shattering" won't come automatically; it requires speed speed and more speed. Like one small chip processing all of the sound (as how the main amplifiers in the Orelos do it). What would happen when this speed is no available ?
Now, together with Ciska talking about "maybe too cold" (which is an exhibit of "super speed" because of all the highs coming to you) I started to wonder whether I could do something to tame the speed. And I found ...
Q1.
It was a kind of logic (for thought) because we all just started manipulating that one for more speed and after trying a bit, I ended at 30x10 (instead of 30x40). Now there was less of the super speed and more of the necessary warmth.

Well, day before yesterday we both explicitly checked that, and all what I heard over and over was "this is not what I expected (it could do)". So to a large surprise now and the warmth was back, and the speed was there just the same. But her surprise was about S-es remaining normal, while all the highs seem to incur for "overing" that. But not so. Not so at all. And now it requires my original post about the SQ impression, but never mind; I can refer to the "Addictive" I put up for the replacement post. Highs which clearly incur for the worst (like shattering braking windows) while nothing is wrong with S-es. How can it be.

Wait, we were talking about the 10/20. And btw, this is not 4K+ but 3K+. Also I must now revisit the prices because by now I know exactly what goes in there. OK ...
What I could sense of that was the better capability of my system. Yes. Well, mind you, I reason towards matter I hear and this is what I am now saying : my system of course is not the best of all. It just isn't. And it is just the same as reasoning with the 16/32 for a base : the system must be sufficiently good to let that processor (setup) excel. It does here all right, but ...
But it needs just that tad more ?
No wait, with Q1 at 30x10 all is fine. Yyyyyess, but what about more speed sounding worse then ?

I hope I am clear a little, but probably not at all. But the 16/32 summarized : for me this is perfect when I don't dial in the max possible for speed (as how I perecive it now).
The 10/20 is perfect at 30x40 although I can't check beyond that.

The 10/20 sounds totally different again and it is the "woman's" processor. It is more slick (sound wise). It shows all the (crazy) speed of the world more downwards in the spectrum. It is more easy on the ears. It is not as 100% interesting compared to what the 16/32 can do.

And mind you, between the 2640 (10/20) and the 2660 (14/28) I never perceived a real difference "but if anything the 2660 sounds better". Not so when the "Scalable" 10/20 and the 16/32 are compared. The difference is huge again. And btw as huge as the difference is between the 2640 (mind you, for a whole computer system) and any of these two.
See the "dirt" remark more above, from that post I did not put up. It really is so.

So finally the verdict between the 16/32 and the 10/20 through these ears :

- 16/32 exhibits speed that at least lets my system run into limits, as it seems. Not 100% sure yet as more settings exist than Q1. Bass excels, highs excels up to shattering good, mid is just very good but may stay behind a bit caused by the overwhelming highs. Can be tamed by Q1 towards more warm sound, but it seems a waste to do that (the super special may disappear somewhat).

- 10/20 exhibits speed in the mid, is warm up to being in a warm bath. Bass excels possibly even more. Maybe no real shattering highs but easy on the ear always for those who want easy on the ear.

So, done.
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The 10/20 was a test. Next up could be the 12/24. I expect this to be "better" again than the 10/20, just because the 10/20 does not let me (with my system) run into limits that I can see (OK, after one day of listening !). Point is that I can't get it at this moment. And, going to the 14/28 is a bit moot because of the price approaching the price of the 16/32. Also, I obviously can't be obtaining processors forever just for testing them. Not at these prices. They should be feasible to sell. And well, the 16/32 for sure is (I probably get one for myself) and the 10/20 for sure is too (I will keep using that if nobody wants it smirk).



Now I hope you don't regard this as the most idiot blabla reasoning ever (about system limits and such) but anyway it is really how I now think.

Regards,
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« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2018, 05:00:44 pm »


To Arvind, Fred and Ramesh, thanks for your warm welcome. smile

Regarding the LEEDH E2 speakers, it's true that they are not very efficient but they are very well matched with the AVM SA8, which has very similar specs than the Primary A32 owned by Fred. I'm kind of allergic to boxy sound speakers. The E2 is totally boxless. It's based on a unique technology using neodimium magnets, pistons made of composite materials enclosed in a totally inert chamber filled with ferrofluids. They are very neutral and their very low mass make them very responsive and quick. In a normal room they can provide sufficient bass but in my case the speakers are located in the living room which is totally open to the whole house. This  makes it difficult for the bass to fill this large volume. That's why I added the LEEDH Sub which is also boxless and has been designed to specifically match the E2. For those curious about these speakers you can go on the LEEDH site http://www.leedh-acoustic.com/Loudspeaker-leedh-e2-uk.php

Fred - You're right NH is not that far away from Montreal. Who knows maybe eventually we could arrange something during a short vacation in your beautiful area. 

The comparative description Peter made of the Xeon 10/20 and the 16/32 (the one I'll get) above, is interesting and also intriguing to me. I'll soon have a taste of what he means since the III is now on its way. Happy

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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2018, 01:51:54 pm »

Hi Peter,

The Stealth III is not far from home. There is still customs to clear, so I expect a delivery today or tomorrow.

In an email you sent me you mention that the only way for the III to access music files is via LAN. I will then use my Mac mini as a music server. Technically is the III capable to read music files on a USB stick connected to one of its USB port?

Now, to control the III I want to use RDC with my Surface Pro. This means that I need to use a second Ethernet port on the III to connect it to the Router which has a wifi connection. This will work, right?

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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2018, 04:56:57 pm »

Hi Michel,

Surface -> (RDC, WiFi) -> Router -> (cable) -> Mac Mini -> (RDC, cable) -> Stealth.

Start with the last part ("Mac Mini").
This is the advice, so let's stick to that. Later you can explore the 1000 more possibilities/combinations, right ?

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« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2018, 12:40:02 pm »

Hi all - time for a small update.

The 10/20 processor must be in for 10 days now and I must say that I feel I have it fully "under control" now. Of course it can be so that by now I forgot the sound of the 16/32 processor, but there's now so much more interesting in the music than what I recall from my Mach II "era" that by now I would definitely stay with the 10/20 if I could only choose that one (and my Mach II).

Two main matters happened which made this work really well now :

1. For this processor I changed a few things to the PSU (to be honest it has become a whole new PCB so it better fits the case in the mean time). Will post a photo later, if it means anything to you anyway.
This PSU required some break in of 4 days. At least this is what noticed. This was completed 3 days ago.

2. The somewhat more "grey-ish" sound (say a bit more slow) compared to the crazy 16/32 regarding the highs, could be tamed by putting back the buffer in the NOS1's Driver Control Panel from 16ms to 4ms. So yeah, what experience all can do (didn't I use that 4ms for "years" until the recent long Q1 setting method). So in combination it brings more sparkle for this setup - the sparkle I missed since the 16/32 went out (to Michael).

Yesterday I ended the listening session first with Autobahn (Kraftwerk) and of course everybody is allowed to call me crazy to play this "music" in the first place. But mind you, because it is so blatantly stupid - 20 minutes long, it really has to have something or otherwise indeed it is "nothing" as such. So might you don't know, those (simple) synthesizers together with the simplicity can just spellbound you. But it has to work.
earlier on I told about the mid detail of this 10/20 setup. But what mid-detail I actually mean here ? well, how a lower keyed synthesizer can be sparkling (shattering) in the lower frequencies because of its on/off sound. Yesterday I heard things in that 20 minute track I never ever heard one bit of before. When it happened the first time we both looked at each other and equally said "huh ??!".
It was not even me who said that the PSU must be broken in now, she also referring to a "hey, but the other day this Autobahn did not work much, right ?". Correct, I even shut it off preliminary.

Talking about spellbound ... when Autobahn was finished there was a bit of time left before dinner would be ready and I thought "oh wait, if Autobahn sounds so mighty good suddenly, what would In-a-gadda-da-vida do ?". And yes, nothing worked out better than that if it was for the return to the atmosphere of dark basements with (fish)netting against the ceiling, an LP shimmering while playing this 17 minute track with the xth Iron Butterfly drummer because they all died of the too long drum solo (who ever made up that story for this few minutes of real solo I don't know, but I am sure that I believed everything at the age of 12).


If I feel like it, tonight will be important because I plan to move my USB cable (ending at the input of my NOS1a/G3) to the Stealth II (yes, that is still running from its 8++weeks RAM boot). Part of the plan is that I will try to tell you as accurately as possible the difference between the sound of the (2640v4 - 10/20) Stealth II and the 10/20 Stealth III. I will (honestly) do that too if the Steath II sounds better of some sort. But I would not count on that. evil

More later. Kind regards,
Peter
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« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2018, 05:24:43 am »

I didn't have the proper ears for anything, yesterday.
It's a bit of a psychological thing as well, because while I couldn't find my sound, I noticed that the settings (of XXHighEnd) were not as how I expected them to be, so I probably too soon set them to what I thought they should be, for the worse (relative to day before yesterday).

On a side note, I can't figure out how that happened. So the settings I found yesterday are a combination of settings I definitely used somewhat longer ago, but with having the Audio PC (Stealth III) rebooted regularly (say about daily), the settings always being nicely saved to the SSD, on Sunday (day before yesterday) I rebooted too, but this time in "hard" fashion because I couldn't connect to it because of something I did wrongly on Saturday night. So Sunday afternoon the settings were not saved with for result it got hold of older settings ? I wouldn't know how it did that, but it did.
The settings are auto-saved each day, also to permanent storage once the RAM-OS is normally shut down. So I set myself to the task of finding out when actually these settings we saved in "old" fashion for the first time.

As you can imagine this confuses highly. I don't know about you, but for me such settings are an evolution of relative judgments and findings. And if suddenly this has reverted to something you don't know, then you are, well, confused. Had I been listening to these settings for one day more ? two days ? a week ?? This unknown alone is sufficient to be without ears. And that happened to me yesterday.

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PS: Below we can see how there's a gap between the 9th and the 13th of May (Sunday). So the Mach III has been running for 4 days from of the 9th, until I had to hard reboot it and it couldn't save the settings files to permanent storage of the lacking days. But these are the saved settings, which doesn't readily tell what I used after any boot up. Anyway, the file of May 13 should contain the wrong settings already, which settings are a copy of the real settings used when XXHighEnd was started the first time after the reboot, Sunday afternoon, 1:38pm. It seems logic that the settings of the 9th were used (loaded) at that moment. Btw, it resembles my (previous post) mentioned "4 days" of burn in of the newly built PSU. So after the 4th day suddenly all "snapped in". Yeah, but with different settings than the 3 days prior to that ...


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« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2018, 12:48:40 pm »

Hi,

I dont want to distract from Peters Mach III thread but I can offer some supporting comments on the sound of a 6130 16/32 core system.

Sound quality is EXCEPTIONALLY good, its an absolutly outstanding device for music replay. My old PC which was an x99 14/28 core with some modifications to its clock and power supply arrangements,  which set a very very high bar for SQ. To have the 6130 play so well in comparision is a major supprise.

The 6130 was not a straight forward build, as Peter says above server boards are certainly a new environemt, and it is expensive. I absolutely agree with what Peter says about sound quality here. Having been through a build, IMHO the Stealth III looks like very good value to me.

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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2018, 01:05:03 pm »

Hi Nick,

So you received a Stealth III? This one would be the 2nd one I believe.

Michael
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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2018, 01:22:42 pm »

Hi Nick,

So you received a Stealth III? This one would be the 2nd one I believe.

Michael

Michael,

No I dont have a stealth III. But felt it useful to comment on 6130 sound quality.

Also having been through a build and knowing what bespoke componemts and work Peter puts into the Stealth II, (but not of course the Stealth III) I genuinly think that the physical package and most importantly the music quality make the Stealth III great value.

KR,
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« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2018, 04:03:35 pm »

I dont want to distract from Peters Mach III thread but I can offer some supporting comments on the sound of a 6130 16/32 core system.

Hi Nick ! what a nice surprise that is !
I was waiting for you to dive into this, but it is a surprise that you are so soon with it. I mean, I felt a little bit "obtrusive" with my posts about the Stealth III, with you at about the same day telling about your latest clock etc. endeavours. And I really did not want to let "snow that under", but what to do.

For Michael and others :
Nick is quite keen on improving SQ with the soldering iron, which often requires a lot of guts, certainly the knowledge, huge time (as we know) and also some spare $. It wouldn't be the first time that Nick motivates me to try out something (including explicit pointers) in order to me next coming up with something "commercial" worked out by me, all free of charge by Nick. And aren't we all here to stimulate each other. This time it apparently worked the other way around to some degree, which is very very nice.

It is certainly not something for anyone else to try for himself as it may cost you a lot of failure and thus money. The environment is really different and I am glad hat Nick confirmed this a little.

Nick, congratulations with your sound ! yes, it really is something. grazy
I am sure you located the clock locations already. And I can tell you (seriously / genuinely) : the sound really feels as if your clock mods were applied. How that goes by description only is a bit beyond myself, but I guess this is about "interpretation" of how you write.

Best regards and thank you for sharing !
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« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2018, 07:47:15 pm »

Hi Peter,

This definaly kicked off for me because of your posts  Happy.

At the time you started this thread, my X99 clock project was finished. It took close to 2 years and literally 100s++ of changes, the sound was really something very special but there was not much else I could think of to keep me busy on the x99 board so I was starting to look out for something new to try. Then you posted on the  Intel Scalable Processors and 601 PCH chipset. Our systems are very similar so I got straight away that you were really onto something. A look at the PCH 601 data sheet ( 3000 pages :-) ) really helped decide to do the build. Besides all of the very important for a music server archtecture features you mentioned in this thread, the 601 chipset clock system has changed from the x99. Its like someone in Intel thought "lets give those audio guys a helping hand"  Happy. On the face of it on paper back then and now listening to the built PC I think you are right in that much of the X99 clock benifit can already be heard in the 601 based build...... billiant !

Regards the sound quality, IMHO the 6130 build is very step from the Stealth II (which is quite a suprise given the excelant sound quality of the Stealth II). My clock bought a lot more to the table on an x99 system and now the 601 / 6130 takes a big step forward from there.

I hope to hook up with an x99 with clock PC at my place next week to do some direct comparisons (unfortunatly I used parts from my x99 in the 6130 build so I cannot play them back to back right now). The focus is not so much on might the 6130 be such a big step forwards. It just is. But on comparing the effect the clock has as I think there may be a little goodness to be got with the 6130 system but I want to be sure before I risk wrecking some expensive components  Shocked

Regarding the 601 / 6130 server build, yes its certaily different to a desktop PC, even now I have some instability that I have to sort out. I know how well rounded and complete your stealth builds are and stand by my comment that the Stealth III is going to be good value given its content and the SQ performance.

Definatly enjoying the music just now  grazy
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« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2018, 08:27:11 pm »

I hope to hook up with an x99 with clock PC at my place next week...

I've never been called 'an x99 with clock PC' before Wink

Looking forward to coming over Nick... should be a very interesting day.

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« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2018, 09:07:35 pm »

I hope to hook up with an x99 with clock PC at my place next week...

I've never been called 'an x99 with clock PC' before Wink

Looking forward to coming over Nick... should be a very interesting day.

Mani.

Haha, yes looking forwards to seeing you  Happy
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« Reply #43 on: May 17, 2018, 08:25:41 pm »


OK, I am listening for over 90 minutes now to a 14/28. There is just no comparison with the 10/20. It is just ultra-ultra fast and during the first seconds I right away heard back the sound of the 16/32.
There is no tweaking of any parameter needed to let it excel the music in inordinate fashion from any angle. I say it again :

Crazy

Let's keep in mind : the speed is in the higher regions here. The 10/20 has its speed in the mid. That is as interesting (but different) and a lot cheaper ...

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« Reply #44 on: June 01, 2018, 12:14:35 pm »

Hi all,

Yesterday I finally went back to the Mach II and could compare it with the Mach III - I am by now very well acquainted with.
Actually one term suffices : Mach II is a rough machine.

In comparison the Mach II exhibits rough sound and nothing of the finesse the Mach III happily shows. Speed ? there is no speed. Interest in the music playing ? not existent. It just is not interesting. OK, if you like a babbling crook and like to doze off during listening, don't get yourself the Mach III. But otherwise ? ...

All right. It is more interesting than what I just said because there's also an intriguing part. Maybe read this first.

The largest part of the discussion we had last night is why Ciska has more difficulty with the sound of the Mach III. Well, the conclusion is, it's a brain thing and perhaps the not being interested really in the "super speed" the Mach III exhibits. So yesterday we had one example of a known album - Yello's Toy, and it's plain flat in comparison. Mind you, flat in the sense of flat "tones" without variation in them. Say as you know it from Yello because you wouldn't know otherwise. But now come over here and have a listen ...

The difference is for example in the voice. Know Mark Knopfler ? good, then you know nothing much. But well, you are entitled to know that Dieter Meier (Yello) surpasses Mark Knopfler on the deep and crackling voice (imagine the combination) by a mile or two. Inordinate (I could call it "crazy" once again). But this is just a voice and while you out there are used to Mark Knopfler and don't care about Dieter Meier being worse on it, you surely would care if Mark Knopfler started to sound as Chris Isaak. Right ?
So now you know how the Mach III sounds. No wait, what it can do.

Only two days ago I was fighting with the Crack Detection in XXHighEnd because one album kept on tripping on it (in each of its 4 tracks at some point). Might you be interested : 4T Thieves - The Digital Lagoon.
So what's up with this one ? well, according to the trip-setting of Crack Detect, more than 50 (100%) subsequent level (voltage) changes from close to the max of minus and the max of plus. Thus imagine your sound level in the room, and that about the loudest sound exhibits from deep silence to the maximum and that more than 50 times in a row at a sampling speed of 705600 time per second and this thus happening within 1 / 705600 x 50 = 0.00007 second. Thus, within this 0.00007 second the volume changes from min to max 50 times and ... you will be able to perceive it. Or at least it does something to the sound which is audible (to a trained ear ?) and a kind of "obviously" it was made like that (it is just in the music).
Btw, combine the title of the album with this ("The Digital Lagoon").
Anyway, when I was working on the weakening of the Crack Detect Tripping (which was set to 16 of these subsequent samples and is now at 100 so this album can be played), I really was focusing on what I could hear of it, knowing that it is in there. I envisioned (that I heard) this blasting fast on/off sound (generally by me referred to as crackle but better to call it sizzle at this frequency).

And that's how Yello is completely flat or maybe dead via the Stealth II in comparison. Try to envision the more complex sounds of a synthesizer (most modern synths can't even produce pure sines) and how the individual build up of such a sound now is audible. All crackles - all sizzles. All rattles when it is more about the lower frequencies. There's a tonne of more interest because of this in everything.

But now Ciska ...

What we tried to figure out yesterday is whether it could be possible that one (or at least she) can't cope with this;
Let's say that all what's happening also has to be processed by the brain. Let's say that Mark Knopfler could come across as tiring somewhat, so what if this exhibit of a voise gets even worse ? Oh, I like it the best, but maybe if you like to doze off you can't because of this. Or, maybe if you want to read a book at the same time, you can't. Too much processing required.

Also interesting is that at least for me it is some other way around. I think I said in this topic somewhere that never mind all what's going on, it does not happen in a way that it distracts. The contrary, it is all more natural and therefore requires less macro attention. Otoh at the micro level all happens and if it gets constipated there the whole thing blows ?

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What was and remains interesting is how it could happen that with the "dumb" idea of making a power supply (the one for the Stealth III) super fast, the whole audio representation indeed becomes that fast. I mean, it actually can not be so that something of the audio itself is processed faster, like we can say this of the mains vs battery (a battery not being fast at all) as a supply to the power amp. Nothing of that order plays a role here. However, and as I told earlier in the topic, I created a super stable supply (as my measure of "speed" - it responds instantly) and now it looks like that this does a few things in the realm of "control" of the clock lines; I forgot the subject myself by now, but a MotherBoard and the fast CPU's of these days, anticipate skewing of the clock lines and take measure on it, while a super stable PSU (including the draw on it !) may incur for those measures not being tripped. And next is : less noise. And from noise by now we sufficiently know what its implications can be, especially in the digital domain(s).

In the next days I will try to focus on how Ciska reacts to the level (volume) and how loud I actually play. So, it is also good to acknowledge that I indeed play way louder with the Stealth III just because the average SPL is lower. How does this work ? well, actually you can hear it by means of the spades of air now being present. Air = literally no sound. It is the gaps between two "cycles" so to speak. No smear - nothing. Now if these "cycles" connect, the general level becomes higher and the SPL (which is a representation of "average") is thus higher. However, the spikes themselves (the maxing of the "cycles") is way louder. This too is audible as this is the sparkle and such and how the sound crackles through the room in s(c/q)uary format. So what's louder ? one canon shot in your room, of 1000 gun shots which add up to the same average SPL ? I know ... it's the gun shots.
So I could be playing too loud.

Blablabla ?
yes


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« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2018, 12:42:29 pm »


OK, this beats all. Happy

Yesterday I organized a "Hip-hop" evening for myself. Played a bit of early (MTF) Ice-T when sound was still really open and uncompressed, followed by a(n again MTF) older Paris album I did not have yet. And well, when the lyrics are not tooo "advisory" ... nothing sounded so good and honest ever before.
After two hours of these "cool beats" - seriously finding nothing wrong with it, I thought it was time to anxiously ask Ciska here whether she could explain to me what is bugging her (regarding the Stealth III, see previous post). The surprising answer : nothing, it sounds enormously good.
(and I did notice here swinging all the time on this MTF this and MTF that, and wondered)

Bbbut, I thought you found something to sound nasty for you ?
Yeah, no wonder with all these ticks and sparks and other fast stuff - that is no music. It already wasn't but now it is crazily emphasized and I guess it makes me crazy.
Aha. It depends on the music.

All right. As I do regulalry, I tried a few Thrillers and Bads from Michael Jackson, to see whether that can be played now. Another big surprise : gone were the synthesized drums.
Huh ?
Well, I told you, the highs are super special (and addictive).

But the by far biggest surprise was yet to come ...

As a kind of reward for being nice to me (on the SQ subject) I played a few tracks from Nina Hagen which is a favorite of her.
Saw her explicitly focusing with a big grin on her face but I also noticed THE novelty of the year (or century) ...

So ... we are all familiar with the "plays one octave lower", right ? But did you ever hear of "plays one octave higher" ? I personally don't. Until yesterday, that was;

And I now start to understand why these highs can be "appriciated" so much. But it needs the music to see through it and grasp what it actually is about. So :


Nina Hagen, to me, always has been some punky gothic with an interesting voice. Today she's suddenly a most hey-keyed soprano who - as I can now hear - ends sentences (as a gag ?) with another extra octave (just for a small half of a second). IIRC Kate Bush has a bit of the same but more as part of the sentence (but also very short) and less as a gag.



Summarized for now, I described the Mach III as going two octaves lower and now thus one octave higher as well. So it is an strange way of adding "dynamic range" to your system.
And oh, for those interested in emphasized electric basses this is what I found on Tidal yesterday :

https://listen.tidal.com/album/70518588

Although that too was planned to be part of the hip-hop evening, this album appears very special and is not really De La Soul as we're used to. It's almost exclusively cool bass riffs with a depth and strength ... well ... you know. No lyrics. In the screenshot you see the tracks which went into my Demo Gallery.

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« Reply #46 on: July 11, 2018, 04:39:01 pm »

Just a very general remark as of July 11, 2018 :

Might people think : why don't we hear more of new customers ... well, the processors are very hard to get (was already waiting for many weeks, and another 4 were just added today).

Don't tell : there is one 14/28 available. Happy

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« Reply #47 on: July 15, 2018, 01:47:45 pm »

I just returned from holiday. sandy beaches...warm sun...pampering service... great food and drink.... holiday

I missed 2 things while gone. My very cool dog Bruno Cool

AND my Phasure Mach III music playback system.  clapping

I am not giving up either. You should grab the one nobody is speaking of love this

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« Reply #48 on: July 16, 2018, 12:00:47 am »

Yes I would dearly love to order one waiting for my fortune to arrive. I suspect this upgrade is massive and logical. In fact one should start at this point, the source has always been critical. I've priced the parts only, not including case, for 14/28 in New Zealand and they come to the price of Peter's completed, tested version. So Peter's pricing is certainly very competitive.

Interesting that progress on DAC technology globally appears to have stalled.

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« Reply #49 on: July 16, 2018, 08:02:22 am »

I am not giving up either. You should grab the one nobody is speaking of love this

Hi Fred,

Remember the dialed in settings as of now. Then try these :
SFS=140.19
Q1=30
xQ1=11
Q3,4,5=1
ClockRes=15
CoreAppointment=3-5
NOS1 Driver Buffer = 16

(this gives sluggish response on about everything but Stop - I don't care a bit).

For me this does miracles with the 10-20. Now I like to know your (relative) perception with the 14-28.

Thank you Fred,
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« Reply #50 on: July 17, 2018, 10:52:01 am »

Number of Cores    Original Price     Current Price    As of date    Linear PSU    SQ relative to Mach II   
8/1627002700May 18, 2018Yes?
10/2029802980May 18, 2018   Yes++
12/2433003300May 18, 2018   Yes?
14/2839003900May 18, 2018   Yes++++
16/3243504375May 31, 2018   Yes++++
20/4050005150May 31, 2018   Yes?
22/4463006350May 31, 2018   Yes?

Peter, do the entries in the 'SQ relative to Mach II' column still stand in your opinion?

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« Reply #51 on: July 17, 2018, 01:05:59 pm »

Thank You Professor Peter Thank you !

I love homework assignments. Rules

I'll report back later good
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« Reply #52 on: July 17, 2018, 01:12:47 pm »

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Peter, do the entries in the 'SQ relative to Mach II' column still stand in your opinion?

Hey Mani,

Yes. But very far and very theoretically I'd have to dedicated more value (say another +) to the 10/20 which I am using myself. It is just that the emphasis is so much different from what I recall of the 16/32 and 14/28 (which latter two sound very much alike). Also : the more I use the 10/20, the better I can find "the settings" for it (takes time).

I suppose this is not very helpful, so please ask more if needed.

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« Reply #53 on: July 20, 2018, 03:24:00 am »

Ok I have done some serious listening using both sets of settings.

The new recommended settings do sound different and I would say better but not dramatically so. When the sound of the music is as good as it already is; even not dramatically better is still a significant improvement. For me the most noticeable changes are a greater sense of richness of tone and not sure how to describe the next change but I'll try.

It almost seems that the music seem to be  "slower" with the new settings. By slower I am not talking about quickness and speed, but rather you seem to hear and process the music with a greater sense of detailed recording space and my mind seems to have more time to better resolve the musical picture. I am not sure my explanation make sense to anyone but I really do not know how else to describe it.

2 music tracks I am very familiar with, both from a live perspective(seen both artists many times) and recorded (listened to may times) are Lucinda Williams album - This Sweet Old World and song "Sidewalks of the City" and Bruce Cockburn album  Charity of the Night and song "Strange Waters" illustrate the sense of increased tone and better resolved musical picture.

Lucinda's track just oozes tonality. Check out the guitar and her voice. So naturally raspy and life-like.

With Bruce the song is filled with musical detail a good amount which seemed to be of that cliché "hearing new details on very familiar recordings". The treble and the bass both extremely lifelike together.

Both songs sound just fantastic and I'll be keeping these new settings. Thanks

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« Reply #54 on: July 21, 2018, 02:04:14 pm »

So (Fred), it goes on and on and on. Currently you should be having the better sound from what I have ever heard.
But little secret : I sneaked a 14/28 in the house (again) so I now can theoretically try those new settings with that processor too.

Something else is that I am pretty sure the sound is getting better and better - almost noticable each day (with the 10/20). So I start to wonder what is subject to this "burn in".
Fred, do you have a similar experience ?

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« Reply #55 on: August 07, 2018, 08:46:48 pm »

Hi Peter,

timing looks ok for me as I will be sailing until the beginning of September. So if the Mach III will be finished in September, that would be great.
So, please send me the invoice. Delivery and billing adress as always.

And I would like to try a shorter "lush", like 1m or so. Please put it on the invoice too.

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« Reply #56 on: August 08, 2018, 06:20:42 am »


Thank you Richard, very nice.
We will make a special Lush for you. Happy Happy

Best regards,
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PS: I split your post from Re: 2.10 sound quality.
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« Reply #57 on: August 13, 2018, 03:41:01 pm »

Hi Peter,

Regarding the core reduction, was this a one time attempt out of curiosity or do you see enough potential to further push the investigation of this phenomenon? Could I do it myself on my Mach III, 16/32 cores? And pushing it even more, could this kind of function be added in a future software release?

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« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2018, 04:55:09 pm »

Hi Michel,

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Regarding the core reduction, was this a one time attempt out of curiosity

It was out of curiosity but obviously when I attempt such a thing I might have an idea about the result in advance. But it worked out way better than I could imagine.
And mind you please, I only tried 10/20 on the 14/28, but it can also be set to any number under the maximum (like 12/24, 8/16, etc. and in your case also to 14/28).

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Could I do it myself on my Mach III

Yes, very easily :

Cause the BIOS to appear (press F2 or Del once you see the number F4 on the bottom line of the monitor (monitor and mouse/keyboard have to be connected in order to get in the BIOS), go to the second menu option - Advanced, go one line down to CPU, press enter on it and change the "All" next to number of cores (similar) to any lower number. NOtice that only the major numbers are listed there (like 15,14,13, etc. for your 16/32).
Press Esc one time, go to Exit in the roght hand side, click it, select (the default) save and let it boot.

Check whether it worked in TaskManager - Performance tab.

You can do this "from" any form of OS (incl. RAM).

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could this kind of function be added in a future software release?

What's setable regarding this is out of my sight. However, what's set can be seen and utilized. That happens by standard. No software changes needed for that.

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« Reply #59 on: August 13, 2018, 07:19:26 pm »

All,

I'll insert a link here to the possibility of the setting of the number of Cores in the Stealth Mach III :

The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2)

Over there is has been combined with the Lush^2 USB cable, but both are different subjects, though were used together to explain behavior of actually both.
I hope this keeps it clean better. Above this post I just combined with two post from over there because they really belong over here.

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« Reply #60 on: August 13, 2018, 08:21:29 pm »

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the instructions regarding the reduction in the number of cores used by the CPU. I'll give it a try.

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« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2018, 08:55:50 pm »

I received the Stealth III (14/28) a few days ago, along with the Lush^2, and have just started to listen.

I started to listen with the though "I must post something on the forum about the sound" when a very strange thing happened.  I wanted to write not about the sound, but about the MUSIC.

I wanted to tell everyone about the performers, compositions, songs I was listening to.   The "system" faded completely into the background.  I was left with, and lost in, the MUSIC--real, palpable, exquisite.

Much more later--
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« Reply #62 on: August 19, 2018, 08:58:00 pm »

I started to listen with the though "I must post something on the forum about the sound" when a very strange thing happened.

Man, I read this this morning with pleasure and real interest. I thought of the psychology in order ...
And then this happened to me tonight. Never ever happened in say 12 x 350 (years) listening sessions :

I forgot to turn up the volume after 20 minutes or so, knowing about all needs to warm up (what only happens at real playback).
I just for-got.
But so intrigued I was/am with the new sound. Of course I also have the Mach III and this surely is crucial, but in my case I continued a new Lush^2 setting I tried yesterday late.
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Btw, I don't think this is related to "not necessary to play ouder" as such. It is just the psyche and my focus on whatever all happens, that I forgot to do it.
Feels a bit similar to your experience, Ramesh. That's why I post this.

Great(est) stuff.
... which btw lets us look deeper into the infinite possibilities of audio in general, with the Mach III as a base, but maybe the Lush^2 of equally importance ?

Thank you, Ramesh.
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« Reply #63 on: August 24, 2018, 09:01:40 am »

A conclusion first: the upgrade to the Mach III and Lush^2 result in the biggest jump in SQ compared to everything that came before.  I am quite sure everything that came before was necessary (G3, Blaxius, 2.10, etc.) but the Mach III and Lush^2 are completely transformative--the change feels qualitatively different, like the music is now in a different dimension.

I am actually at a loss for words, other than to say, music is much more REAL and palpable.  I know we've often said about the SQ "feels like the musicians are in the room" but this is a little different.  The music is now in the environment, like all other sounds, so that very often I found myself instinctively reacting "what was that?" like you would if you suddenly heard a sound in the environment--a glass being placed on a table, something dropping to the floor, a door closing, book falling in the bookcase, etc. 

Something is different at a bodily level.  Imagine you are in room and someone suddenly hits a cymbal, even though you expect it, the sound is startling.  The music now has this startling quality.  Again imagine someone suddenly starting to sing in a room.  Again startling even if you expect it.

I'll try to find words, but the biggest change feels to me like the music has now become a part of the environment, so the "real" sounds in the environment are not different from the "recorded" sound in the room.

I'm sure much more needs to be optimized.  But it feels like the foundation provided by the Mach III and Lush^2 are at a whole new level--I can imagine we are only starting to exploit what might now be possible.

Absolutely fantastic Peter!

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« Reply #64 on: August 24, 2018, 12:14:42 pm »

Man man man, Ramesh ...
I won't say "if only I could have found these words" (like I said similar to Fred), but there is so much 100% truth in each and every word you wrote down there. Unbelievable.

The phenomenon of bneing startled of a sound and then especially related to something which could really be there in the room, is a known one (at least for me it is). Ever back this started with crying babies where you in a split of a second look around to see where this baby is (this is all unconscious stuff). Later it happened with more sounds, the more the system improved. And lateLY it happens almost continuously. Last night ? I think 5 or 6 times in 90 minutes of time. And then exactly as you say for the examples.
For me it is part of the "spookyness" and it is only that I never thought of writing about it. This, while numerous times you don't understand what happens, look around in the room (everybody doing his thing so it weren't them) and some times more than startling (more heart attack like). So how could I forget to mention it.

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Again imagine someone suddenly starting to sing in a room.

Yesterday I had this experience of a woman singing, so so clear and pure (hey, for a well known track, so go figure) that I thought "if this can still be improved upon then I don't know how". So just this simgle element of this singing, of which you can hear, sense and even see that there is nothing to lack.

Not reading back into your super texts and just thinking of what happens to me over here ..., here it is so that then there breaks a glass, then someone opens a door, then something is dropped, then so undefined thing breaks, then there's a siren, watching out of the window but nothing to be seen);
The difference with how it previously was could be testified by the latter example. So I hear this siren, see nothing anywhere, so it has to be in the music. I G-D can't even prove it really, other than noticing that in reality it is not happening (no police car to be seen) or did not happen (can't find a broken glass). And, because this is happening with so many sounds now (all in music you played a 100 times before) it is different than the baby example, because from the baby you kind of know it is not there anyway (OK it was, ever back Happy) while the police car really can be there daily, and I must say that more glasses break than desired, as well. Etc. This, Ramesh, is how it makes your description so good and compact. It is all in there (I think).

Is this an other dimension ? YES.
I think I already referred to that in a previous post. Possibly I called it "universe". Anyway, I related it to new audio phenomena required because the normal descriptions don't suffice any more.

Thank you so much, Ramesh.
Peter
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« Reply #65 on: August 25, 2018, 08:20:43 am »

OK.  So went back to Mach II tonight.  Lush^2.  I was partly wondering how much of the improvement is the Mach III versus the Lush^2.  It's quite clear that the enormous difference comes from the Mach III.  There is something magical with the Mach III.

Mach II + Lush^2 sounds excellent in every way EXCEPT when compared with the Mach III.  There is something extra going on with the Mach III.  Not sure what it is, but, as I said before, the quality of the music is drastically different.
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« Reply #66 on: August 25, 2018, 10:11:11 am »

Thank you for sharing that, Ramesh.

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XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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« Reply #67 on: August 25, 2018, 03:21:41 pm »

I have to chime in here as well but I will post in Lush^2 also.

The Mach III brought me to a huge step up in musical realism I had not encountered before. Ramesh it is great to hear your experience is the same. And we are all struggling to find the words while not exaggerating what we are now hearing.

I totally agree I loved the sound of the Mach II with its own step up of musical realism. It never ceases to amaze me that a change in computer is more than A DAC upgrade. More than a digital upgrade. It is a music upgrade.

I am no big fan of the tweaking and fidgeting of all the settings and the idiosyncrasies that come with a computer designed to disappear and get out of the way to let the unadulterated music signal go through itself and through the entire playback system to my ears. Peter is the explorer here. I am content to follow his settings and recommendations. I have never been led astray.

I confess here I am no history buff. In fact I googled this to come up with the name BUT....

Peter is the Henry Hudson of the digital age clapping
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« Reply #68 on: August 29, 2018, 08:53:06 am »

Maybe a new slogan would be appropriate:

‘Mach III, the best a man can get!’

Regards, Coen
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« Reply #69 on: August 29, 2018, 10:26:46 am »

Happy Happy Happy
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XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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« Reply #70 on: August 31, 2018, 11:47:59 am »

Last night Music 33 came over and we changed (Dave did but it was easy even for me) from my 14/28 cores to 10/20 in the Bios.

Absolutely stunning transformation AGAIN shout
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« Reply #71 on: August 31, 2018, 11:53:03 am »

We were there last night just shaking our heads in disbelief. Not sure how much Lush^2 had to do with this but we guessed it did.

So Peter, can I get a refund on those 4 cores I don't need any more innocent whistle
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« Reply #72 on: August 31, 2018, 12:34:57 pm »

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Not sure how much Lush^2 had to do with this

What was the percentage ?
So you know, this gets a bit dangerous because say bourbon of 40% now will become 40%^2. Fysiologically this may bring some problems, while physics tell me it can't even exist.
All I can say is that because you were with 2, you can devide the 40^2 by 2. But I promise : this doesn't help much.

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W10-14393.0 - August 18, 2018 (2.10)
XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2018, 12:44:12 pm »


Well Fred and others ...

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we changed (Dave did but it was easy even for me) from my 14/28 cores to 10/20 in the Bios.

Fred is up to the next task, and Dave may not be coming around soon again (he feels teased). So Fred, get out your tools and apply this :

Move the inner memory DIMMS (the both closest to the processor heatsink) to the outermost free slots.

So we want some fun eh ?
Let us know whether you still see 48GB of memory after the change, or that all broke except the hammer. If the former, try more superlatives (or not, as long as it is honest).

Best regards,
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W10-14393.0 - August 18, 2018 (2.10)
XXHighEnd Mach *III* Stealth LPS PC -> *Xeon Scalable 14/28 core* with Hyperthreading On (*set to 10/20 cores*) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 30/-/1/1/1/ Q1Factor = 10 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 15ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *140.19*  (max 140.19) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *35* / Nervous Rate = 10 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Arc Prediction Filtering (16x)* / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> *Lush^2 A: B-W & Y-R, B: B-W* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere.

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